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Kids in the Kitchen

Have fun with children in the kitchen and keep them safe with these recipes and resources on food safety and cooking.

USDA, National Agricultural Library,

Check out the kid-friendly recipes in's recipe collection. Recipes include Pita Pizzas, Apple Nachos, Crunchy Chicken Nuggets, and more!

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service

Find recipes featuring foods that both children and adults should eat more of, including dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains.

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition Cooks! (TNC) is a series of cooking-based nutrition activities for out-of-school and afterschool programs, for children around ages 8 to 12 years old.

USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Read this fun comic book for children, which explores food safety and foodborne illness. PDF | 1.69 MB


Children under the age of five are at an increased risk for foodborne illness and related health complications because their immune systems are still developing.

Oregon State University Extension

Watch these kid-friendly videos to find recipes for chili, salads, sloppy joes and more!

University of Illinois Extension

Find age-appropriate cooking activities for kids in this tip sheet. 

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, UConn Extension

Kids, check out these free tutorials to learn kitchen skills and cook healthy recipes!